We have felt the affects of the polar vortex clear down to upstate South Carolina the past few days...normally, anything North of us laughs its ass off at our reactions to cold weather, snow, ice, etc. However, this is a temperate clime here...we can have whole winters with no snow, sometimes with 70 F degree temps. We do not have heavy road equipment to deal with blocked frozen roads. Appropriate heavy cold weather gear isn't even sold in the area, many kids have no more than a light jacket. So when the temps over the past few days plunged to below freezing and icy wind chills for us, the rest of the ice locked, snow buried, frozen North above us was nothing but amused, I suspect.
However, for us, the difference between normal temps of 50's and even 60's and negative -1 F degrees was fairly appalling...or invigorating, depending on your perspective. I found it invigorating! I love winter. The stars are at their clearest, the air is crisp and clean.
|The cats all curled up on the heat vents...and we wonder why we are chilly!|
|Or they snuggled up to us...|
We also stayed in and watched a lot of TV as the temps began to drop. We were watching a re-run of a Nova Christmas special we never tire of...and Amerghin, our orange and white cat came flying in, hopped up and watched every second of it with us...he particularly liked the scene with the fox bounding around the snow, hunting for field mice. Amerghin watches a fair amount of TV with us. Never ceases to amuse us that he does....
|He also liked the swans here...|
|He seemed just as fascinated with the naturalist |
who camped out in the snow as we were!
|You can see the Christmas Tree in Yellowstone National Park here|
|Ibn, our indoor/outdoor cat showed up,|
stated that it was %$##@ cold and to let him in NOW - his words!
|He slept inside safe and sound from the cold!|
The air remained crisp and clean and lovely - I took MacDubh out for a walk, and took some pictures. I realized later how blurry the pictures were. You have to understand, they were taken with a 50 lb dog bouncing and frisking on the leash attached to me while I was trying to aim the camera - the amazing thing is that what I wanted a picture of is even in the frame!
|And the waxing moon seen through the mistletoe on the bare winter trees....|
Overall, we weathered the cold and the frigid temps quite well, for thin skinned southerners - but in the end, I think our sleepy fur children had the right idea about how best to handle it:
Long Winter's Naps!
|MacDubh, the sleepy puppy!|
|They do let us have the bed, every now and then...|